List of California new wave bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as new wave solo artists from California are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great California music that you've never heard before. The new wave bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in California. If you think the best California new wave band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.
Artists include everything from Gwen Stefani to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular new wave bands from California?" and "Which new wave bands started in California?" then this list will answer your questions.